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 His Majesty The King-Father Norodom Sihanouk
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The King of Cambodia His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni

King of Cambodia
His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihamoni

Office of the King Royal Palace
Phnom Penh

Telephone: (+855 23) 426801
Facsimile: (+855 23) 426802


Time in office: Since October 14, 2004

Predecessor: His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk

Date of birth: May 14, 1953

On October 14, 2004, he was selected by a special nine-member council, part of selection process after the abdication of His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk.

His official Cambodian title is: "Kreah Karuna Preah bat Samdech Preah Baromneath Norodom Sihamoni, Preahmahaksat (ie. King) of the Kingdom of Cambodia"

The literal translation of the title
Preah Sacred, Cognate of the Indian word "brahmin"
Karuna Compassionate, referring to the Buddhist concept karuna
Bat Foot, from Sanskrit pada, cognate of Latin pes, pedis, French pied
Sâmdech Lord, Prince, Excellency
Baromneath Supreme(sanskrit: parama), Lord, protector (Sanskrit: natha)
Norodom Given name of Norodom of Cambodia, used as a family name by his descendants
Sihamoni Given name of king Norodom Sihamoni; Siha: lion (sanskrit: simha); -moni: wise, inspired, sage (Sanskrit: muni); Preahmahaksat: Preah (see Preah: sacred); -maha: great (Sanskrit: maha), cognate with "maha-" in maharaja; -ksat: warrior, ruler


Previously Cambodia's ambassador to UNESCO, he was named by a nine-member throne council as Sihanouk's successor. The then Prince Sihamoni was best known for his work as a cultural ambassador in Europe and his keen support for the arts. He was sent to Prague, Czechoslovakia by his father in 1962, where he, while attending elementary school and Academy of Music Arts, studied classical dance and music until 1975. During the 1970 coup d'etat by Lon Nol, Sihamoni remained in Czechoslovakia. in 1975, he left Prague and began to study filmmaking in North Korea, and in 1977 returned to his native Cambodia.

Immediately, the ruling Khmer Rouge government turned against the monarchy, and Sihamoni was put under house arrest with the rest of the royal family until 1979. In 1981, he moved to France to teach ballet and he was later president of the Khmer Dance Association. He lived in France for nearly 20 years, but even then he regularly visited Prague, where he spent his childhood and youth. He has lived most of his life outside Cambodia.

In 1993 the prince was appointed Cambodian delegate to UNESCO, the UN cultural body based in Paris, where he became known for his hard work and his devotion to Cambodia.

On October 14, 2004, he was selected by a special nine-member council, part of selection process after the abdication of His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk.

Sihamoni's selection was endorsed by Prime Minister Hun Sen and National Assembly Speaker Prince Nordom Ranariddh (Sihamoni's brother), both members of the throne council. He was crowned in Phnom Penh on October 29. He remains a bachelor and has no children, which means that he does not have a direct successor. However, this is not a problem as the king in Cambodia is selected by the throne council.

Norodom Sihamoni speaks Khmer, French, Czech, English and Russian. He is the first Czech speaking monarch after Ferdinand I of Austria.

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